Drug Addiction

So, What’s The Story On Cannabis Addiction And Detox?

Cannabis users sometimes develop a mild physical addiction, with withdrawal symptoms that can last several weeks. These usually include the jitters, occasional other symptoms, and emotional unease. There have been a few reports of psychotic episodes, but it has not been established that those were due to removal of the chemicals. They may have been due to underlying conditions that were masked or controlled by the drug use. If present, these should be addressed by specialists rather than continuing to self-medicate without medical advice.

What is more difficult is to remain determined to stay off cannabis in a society that is becoming more and more accepting of it. Remember that only you can decide if it is a problem, and other people’s opinions (especially those of other users, who may have a vested interest in your continuing to use because of their own denial) don’t count for much. It’s your mind, and your body. Do what is right for you.

Finally, remember that,regardless of any other issues, use of cannabis is still illegal in most places, for most people. There are many folks serving prison time for relatively small amounts of weed. At present the cannabis issue is not just an matter of opinion, but also of potential life-changing consequences.

“…3 to 4 Oxys a day…Is that a lot?”

“I just found out that  my spouse has been snorting Oxycotin for approximately 1 year. He says he has been doing 3 to 4 80 mg pills a day for 5 months. What kind of help does he need?  Is that a lot?”

That is a lot of Oxy. Your spouse is addicted and needs professional help. It is extremely difficult to detox and remain abstinent from any opiate drug on one’s own.

The best course of treatment would be clinical detox, followed by inpatient treatment and then aftercare — along with a 12-step program such as NA for support. This is the course that is most likely to work. If you do not have insurance to cover detox and treatment, check with your local mental health society for resources in your area. As a last resort, short-term detox with Suboxone and support from Narcotics Anonymous is an option.  Avoid methadone treatment; it only switches one addiction for another, and it is more difficult to get off methadone than oxycodone.

You must also understand that the problem will only get worse with time. Promises to “quit after the holidays, after (whatever)” mean nothing. The only meaningful action your spouse can take is to get help. Period. Everything else is blowing smoke to protect his addiction.

For yourself: Nar-Anon* or Alanon, to learn more about the disease of addiction and how to keep from being further enveloped in the madness. You must take care of yourself before you can take care of anyone else.

*Nar-Anon